From 28 – 30 September 2012, NORDLICHTER presents a festival that is not limited to specific musical genres but concentrates on the interaction amongst them in the different projects of the festival. A central part of NORDLICHTER is the commissioning of new pieces by young composers from both the Nordic countries and Berlin. Also central to the festival is the close collaboration with Berlin-based artists and ensembles that create a strong connection to the music scene in Berlin and increase the exchange of artists between the participating Nordic and Baltic countries.
NORDLICHTER 2012 relies on new exciting synergies and with thematic lines running through the different projects of the festival. With different partners from the five Nordic countries, own and common productions from acoustically experimental sounding spaces through staged concert performances will form the programme. With the experimental music-theatre-work Screams there will be an important new work featured by the German composer Timo Kreuser in collaboration with Norwegian artists, the result will be presented with 2 performances in the hall of the Radialsystem V.
NORDLICHTER will also present a varied choice of works by the great Danish composer Per Nørgård, whose 80 years birthday in 2012 will be celebrated throughout Europe. There will be different aspects of his life-work on the programme, from chamber music to choral and staged works. As ensemble in residence at NORDLICHTER 2012 the Danish National Vocal Ensemble/DR will be closely connected to ensembles and artists in Berlin and will present many aspects of choral music. Their presence at NORDLICHTER will be the choir’s first performances in Berlin. With the new project Sounding Stories there will be a strong focus on pedagogical work with pupils and students during the festival. In collaboration with different schools in Berlin as well as artists from the Nordic countries ‘Young Composers’ will get the chance to create and present new works they will be composing together with professionals, as well as ‘Young Journalists’ will be inspired to develop there sense of reception on music whilst being coached by professional journalists to write and report about music.
In collaboration with Radialsysetm V and several Nordic festivals the first edition of NORDLICHTER in 2010 was a great success; 35 ensembles and artists from the Nordic countries and Berlin performed and premiered pieces by 15 Nordic and Berlin-based composers. Two focuses for the 2012 edition of NORDLICHTER are the further development of cultural partnerships between Berlin and Nordic cultural actors and festivals as well as an active engagement of young audiences in both artistic production and communication.
On Sunday Icelandic composer and audio-visual artist Kira Kira presents her new record “Feathermagnetik” in the series of UM:LAUT. Kira Kira is joined by Samuli Kosminen on custom-made percussion, trumpeter Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson and special guest Greg Cohen playing the double-bass – as well as by the Icelandic filmmaker Sara Gunnarsdóttir who provides the underlying visuals. To round out a special celebration of nordic sound and image Kira’s award-winning movie “Grandma Lo-Fi” will be screened before the concert. Tickets left! [Source]
Diane Arbus (New York, 1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity. Her gift for rendering strange those things we consider most familiar, and for uncovering the familiar within the exotic, enlarges our understanding of ourselves.
Arbus found most of her subjects in New York City, a place that she explored as both a known geography and as a foreign land.
She was committed to photography as a medium that tangles with the facts. Her contemporary anthropology—portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities—also stands as an allegory of the human experience, an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theatre and reality.
The Martin-Gropius-Bau presents a selection of two hundred photographs that afford an opportunity to explore the origins and aspirations in the photography of Diane Arbus. The exhibition shows all of the artist’s iconic photographs as well as many that have never before been publicly exhibited.
The final rooms of the exhibition are devoted to extensive biographical and critical documentation of Diane Arbus’ life and oeuvre.
Rather than a chronological, thematic or academic approach, we have chosen to present Arbus’ singularly powerful images accompanied only by the artist’s own titles so that each viewer encounters the images much as the photographer encountered her subjects: directly and unencumbered by preconceptions.
June 12, 2012.
[via Peter Harton]